Having a low sperm count or substandard sperm motility can reduce your chances of getting your partner pregnant. The Mayo Clinic reports that a low sperm count reduces your chance of successful conception. In addition, if fewer than half your sperm are moving, conception becomes even more difficult. If you are faced with either low sperm count, low motility or both, it is important to know how to increase them when the time comes to start your family.
Have a complete physical to rule out causes that can be repaired through minor surgery. Several conditions, including infection and scar tissue, can create blockage of sperm within the penis. Getting such conditions repaired will increase your sperm count and motility.
Maintain hormone replacement therapy injections if your physician recommends them. Sperm count can be affected by the pituitary and hypothalamus glands in the brain. If they are not functioning properly, you may need daily hormone injections for up to a year to get your fertility levels back to normal.
Regulate the number of times per week that you ejaculate. According to the Mayo Clinic, sexual activity that causes you to ejaculate more than a few times a week may cause your sperm counts to drop below fertile levels. Regulating the number of times you have sex each week and gearing it toward the days your partner is ovulating will help increase your sperm counts.
Avoid getting overheated. This includes using hot tubs, being out in hot weather and holding a laptop computer on your lap during its use. Prolonged heat in the testicle area can reduce sperm counts, says the American Pregnancy Association website. Wearing tight underwear or shorts can also increase the heat, so wear boxers and loose-fitting shorts.
Maintain a healthy weight for your age and height. Being overweight can impact your sperm count and motility. Ask your doctor to recommend a weight loss program and incorporate exercise into the plan.
Take multivitamins on a daily basis to ensure your body is receiving all the necessary nutrients and minerals it needs to maintain optimum performance health. The Mayo Clinic recommends you choose a multivitamin that includes the daily recommended dose of folic acid and zinc as they are important to the production and motility of sperm.
Learn to relax. Stress has been shown to reduce sperm counts and motility. Reduce the stress in your life. Taking a walk can help accomplish this while–at the same time–it helps you get some exercise.
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